Hit the holiday goodies a little too hard this year? Indulge in one too many helpings of pumpkin pie? Let's face it: Does your waist resemble the Hindenburg?
If so, BeautifulPeople.com is not a social network for you or your thunder thighs.
The uber-shallow dating Web site just booted about 5,000 pudgy members after fellow users complained they had gained too much poundage.
Like founder Robert Hintze says, "letting fatties roam around the site is a threat" to his business model.
The portly members were supposedly singled out after posting pictures of themselves that showed they had packed on holiday flab. Members police themselves and can weed out other "unfit" members.
With the United States, Britain and Canada topping the list of excluded members, the velvet-rope Web site has always been straightforward with its brutal selection process, calling itself "the largest network of attractive people in the world."
"As a business, we mourn the loss of any member, but the fact remains that our members demand the high standard of beauty be upheld," site founder Robert Hintze told the BBC. "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded."
What is Beautiful People exactly? Let the site tell you:
BeautifulPeople.com is an exclusively beautiful community, founded for the purpose of creating personal and professional relationships.
BeautifulPeople has been described as an "elite online club, where every member works the door."
BeautifulPeople is the first community of its kind. To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex. Members rate all new applicants over a 48 hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’. Should applicants secure enough positive votes from members, they will be granted a full membership to the BeautifulPeople Network.
The vote is fair and democratic. BeautifulPeople does not define beauty it simply gives an accurate representation of what society's ideal of beauty is. Applicants can upload a complimentary profile. They are able contact members while being rated thereby giving insight into the character behind the appearance.
BeautifulPeople simply removes the 'first hurdle' as every member is exactly that; 'Beautiful' as deemed so by their peers.
BeautifulPeople has become a global phenomenon. With successful launches in 16 countries, BeautifulPeople is the largest network of attractive people in the world.